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Genuine Fakes - How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff (Hardcover): Lydia Pyne Genuine Fakes - How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff (Hardcover)
Lydia Pyne 1
R398 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R90 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Does an authentic Andy Warhol painting need to be painted by Andy Warhol? Why do audiences feel outraged when they find out that scenes from their beloved blockbuster documentaries are staged? Can people move past assuming that a diamond grown in a lab is a fake? What happens when a forged painting or manuscript becomes more valuable than its original? This is a book about genuine fakes - the curious and complex objects that provoke these very sorts of questions. Genuine fakes fall in between things that are real and things that are not; whether or not we think that those things are authentic is a matter of perspective. Unsurprisingly, the world is full of genuine fakes - full of things that defy simple categorization. From stories of audacious forgeries to feats of technological innovation, historian Lydia Pyne explores how the authenticity of eight genuine fakes depends on their unique combinations of history, science and culture. The stories of art forgeries, fake fossils, nature documentaries, synthetic flavours, museum exhibits, Maya codices and Palaeolithic replicas shows that genuine fakes are complicated and change over time. Drawing from historical archives, interviews, museum exhibits, science fiction as well as her own research, Pyne brings each genuine fake to life through unexpected and often outrageous stories. Genuine Fakes will make readers think about all the unreal things that they encounter in their daily lives and why they invoke the reactions - surprise, wonder, understanding or annoyance - that they do.

Genuine Fakes - How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff (Paperback): Lydia Pyne Genuine Fakes - How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff (Paperback)
Lydia Pyne
R419 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R151 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Does an authentic Andy Warhol painting need to be painted by Andy Warhol? Why do audiences feel outraged when they find out that scenes from their beloved blockbuster documentaries are staged? Can people move past assuming that a diamond grown in a lab is a fake? What happens when a forged painting or manuscript becomes more valuable than its original?

This is a book about genuine fakes - the curious and complex objects that provoke these very sorts of questions. Genuine fakes fall in between things that are real and things that are not; whether or not we think that those things are authentic is a matter of perspective. Unsurprisingly, the world is full of genuine fakes - full of things that defy simple categorization.

From stories of audacious forgeries to feats of technological innovation, historian Lydia Pyne explores how the authenticity of eight genuine fakes depends on their unique combinations of history, science and culture. The stories of art forgeries, fake fossils, nature documentaries, synthetic flavours, museum exhibits, Maya codices and Palaeolithic replicas shows that genuine fakes are complicated and change over time.

Drawing from historical archives, interviews, museum exhibits, science fiction as well as her own research, Pyne brings each genuine fake to life through unexpected and often outrageous stories. Genuine Fakes will make readers think about all the unreal things that they encounter in their daily lives and why they invoke the reactions - surprise, wonder, understanding or annoyance - that they do.

The Optickal Illusion (Paperback): Rachel Halliburton The Optickal Illusion (Paperback)
Rachel Halliburton 1
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In The Optickal Illusion, Rachel Halliburton's meticulous recreation of Georgian society reveals the sordid details of a genuine scandal that deceived the British Royal Academy. Her debut novel questions the lengths women must go to make their mark on a society that seeks to underplay their abilities - a theme only too relevant today. It is three years from the dawn of a new century and in London, nothing is certain any more: the future of the monarchy is in question, the city is aflame with right and left-wing conspiracies, and the French could invade any day. Against this feverish atmosphere, the American painter Benjamin West is visited by a strange father and daughter, the Provises, who claim they have a secret that has obsessed painters for centuries: the Venetian techniques of master painter Titian. West was once the most celebrated painter in London, but hasn't produced anything of note in years so against his better judgment he agrees to let the intriguing Ann Jemima Provis visit his studio and demonstrate what she knows. What unravels reveals more than he has ever understood - about himself, about the treachery of the art world and the seductive promise of genius. The nature of truth itself is called into question in this story of envy, lust and corruption.

A Forger's Tale - Confessions of the Bolton Forger (Hardcover, Main): Shaun Greenhalgh A Forger's Tale - Confessions of the Bolton Forger (Hardcover, Main)
Shaun Greenhalgh; Contributions by Waldemar Januszczak 1
R471 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R84 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Observer's Best Art Book of the Year, 2018 In 2007, Bolton Crown Court sentenced Shaun Greenhalgh to four years and eight months in prison for the crime of producing artistic forgeries. Working out of a shed in his parents' garden, Greenhalgh had successfully fooled some of the world's greatest museums. During the court case, the breadth of his forgeries shocked the art world and tantalised the media. What no one realised was how much more of the story there was to tell. Written in prison, A Forger's Tale details Shaun's notorious career and the extraordinary circumstances that led to it. From Leonardo drawings to L.S. Lowry paintings, from busts of American presidents to Anglo-Saxon brooches, from cutting-edge Modernism to the ancient art of the Stone Age, Greenhalgh could - and did - copy it all. Told with great wit and charm, this is the definitive account of Britain's most successful and infamous forger, a man whose love for art saturates every page of this extraordinary memoir.

The Great Pretender - A Catalogue of Chaos and Creativity (Paperback): Nick Perry The Great Pretender - A Catalogue of Chaos and Creativity (Paperback)
Nick Perry
R214 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R38 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

`Give me three years and we'll be millionaires,' Nick challenged his long-suffering family in 1980, when cash was king. `I've got an idea that's going to take us to the top.' Tinkering with alchemy in an old stable he shared with a Shire horse, Nick discovered how to create the most convincing antique replicas ever made. He started by selling a few of his netsukes on a market stall at the Birmingham Rag Market and met extraordinary and eccentric people, the risk-taking gamblers with fast tongues. Each had their own money-spinning ideas; you name it, he replicated it for the wheeler-dealers chasing the dream. When Nick and his crew reached the rarefied circles of the London art world he realised he could be dangerously out of his depth. This is the unlikely and often hilarious story of where nothing but enthusiasm and self-belief can take you.

Saving Mona Lisa - The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures from the Nazis (Paperback): Gerri Chanel Saving Mona Lisa - The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures from the Nazis (Paperback)
Gerri Chanel 1
R265 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R46 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In August 1939, curators at the Louvre nestled the world’s most famous painting into a special red velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley as part of the biggest museum evacuation in history.

As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces still further south, then again and again during the war, crisscrossing the southwest of France. Throughout the German occupation, the museum staff fought to keep the priceless treasures out of the hands of Hitler and his henchmen, often risking their lives to protect the country's artistic heritage. Saving Mona Lisa is the sweeping, suspenseful narrative of their struggle.

Saving Mona Lisa - The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures from the Nazis (Paperback): Gerri Chanel Saving Mona Lisa - The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures from the Nazis (Paperback)
Gerri Chanel
R340 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R72 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

In August 1939, curators at the Louvre nestled the world's most famous painting into a special red velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley. So began the biggest evacuation of art and antiquities in history. As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces still further south, then again and again during the war, crisscrossing the southwest of France. Throughout the German occupation, the museum staff fought to keep the priceless treasures out of the hands of Hitler and his henchmen, often risking their lives to protect the country's artistic heritage.

Thus a story that features as a vignette in the George Clooney film The Monuments Men is given the full-length treatment it demands. The recipient of several independent publishing awards in the United States, and illustrated throughout with nearly 100 photographs, Saving Mona Lisa is a compelling true story of art and beauty, intrigue and ingenuity, and remarkable moral courage in the darkest of times.

Females in the Frame - Women, Art, and Crime (Paperback, 1st Ed. 2019): Penelope Jackson Females in the Frame - Women, Art, and Crime (Paperback, 1st Ed. 2019)
Penelope Jackson
R413 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R75 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Icon Hunter - A Refugee`s Quest to Reclaim Her Nation`s Stolen Heritage (Hardcover): Tasoula Georgiou Hadjitofi The Icon Hunter - A Refugee`s Quest to Reclaim Her Nation`s Stolen Heritage (Hardcover)
Tasoula Georgiou Hadjitofi
R526 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R101 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days
Cultures of Forgery - Making Nations, Making Selves (Paperback): Judith Ryan, Alfred Thomas Cultures of Forgery - Making Nations, Making Selves (Paperback)
Judith Ryan, Alfred Thomas
R668 Discovery Miles 6 680 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


This collection of eleven essays by leading literary studies and cultural studies scholars examines the double meaning of the word "forge"-to create or to form, on the one hand, and to make falsely, on the other. These notable scholars take on a broad range of topics, including the falsified Hitler diaries, the creation of national identity in Bohemia, and Jean-Etienne Liotard's fraudulent "Turkish" identity. Each essay asks how forgery-at once the work of a criminal and a "master"-has shaped modern culture and challenged our understandings of authorship and value.

Degas' Dust - Joburg Maverick's Quest To Regain Nazi War Booty (Paperback): Carnie Matisonn Degas' Dust - Joburg Maverick's Quest To Regain Nazi War Booty (Paperback)
Carnie Matisonn
R199 R29 Discovery Miles 290 Save R170 (85%) In stock

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in post-war Johannesburg, Carnie Matisonn learns of a great-uncle in occupied Norway murdered by Nazi soldiers as they looted his prized art collection.

He starts a lifelong quest to retrieve the art that takes him into the murky waters of apartheid sanctions-busting, Mossad agents, international art dealers and Nazi hunters.

Matisonn's enthralling story embraces courage, wit and wisdom as he shows one man can achieve the impossible.

The Museum of Lost Art (Hardcover): Noah Charney The Museum of Lost Art (Hardcover)
Noah Charney
R734 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R356 (49%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

True tales of lost art, built around case studies of famous works, their creators, and stories of disappearance and recovery

From the bestselling author of The Art of Forgery comes this dynamic narrative that tells the fascinating stories of artworks stolen, looted, or destroyed in war, accidentally demolished or discarded, lost at sea or in natural disasters, or attacked by iconoclasts or vandals; works that were intentionally temporal, knowingly destroyed by the artists themselves or their patrons, covered over with paint or plaster, or recycled for their materials. An exciting read that spans the centuries and the continents.

Antiquities - What Everyone Needs to Know (R) (Paperback): Maxwell L. Anderson Antiquities - What Everyone Needs to Know (R) (Paperback)
Maxwell L. Anderson
R259 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R59 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The destruction of ancient monuments and artworks by the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has shocked observers worldwide. Yet iconoclastic erasures of the past date back at least to the mid-1300s BCE, during the Amarna Period of ancient Egypt's 18th dynasty. Far more damage to the past has been inflicted by natural disasters, looters, and public works. Art historian Maxwell Anderson's Antiquities: What Everyone Needs to Know (R) analyzes continuing threats to our heritage, and offers a balanced account of treaties and laws governing the circulation of objects; the history of collecting antiquities; how forgeries are made and detected; how authentic works are documented, stored, dispersed, and displayed; the politics of sending antiquities back to their countries of origin; and the outlook for an expanded legal market. Anderson provides a summary of challenges ahead, including the future of underwater archaeology, the use of drones, remote sensing, and how invisible markings on antiquities will allow them to be traced. Written in question-and-answer format, the book equips readers with a nuanced understanding of the legal, practical, and moral choices that face us all when confronting antiquities in a museum gallery, shop window, or for sale on the Internet.

Leonardo Da Vinci and the Book of Doom - Bianca Sforza, The Sforziada and Artful Propaganda in Renaissance Milan (Paperback):... Leonardo Da Vinci and the Book of Doom - Bianca Sforza, The Sforziada and Artful Propaganda in Renaissance Milan (Paperback)
Simon Hewitt
R594 R420 Discovery Miles 4 200 Save R174 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The inside story on the Greatest Art Controversy of the 21st Century Presents conclusive evidence why this recently-discovered portrait is a Leonardo masterpiece and expose of the artworld cabal to discredit the picture. The book that turns our knowledge of Leonardo da Vinci upside-down, includes sex, betrayal, murder and blasphemy.

The Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Property - Saving the World's Heritage (Paperback): Laurie Rush,... The Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Property - Saving the World's Heritage (Paperback)
Laurie Rush, Luisa Benedettini Mil
R464 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R28 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Renowned for their rigorous investigative approach, the dedicated officers of the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Property (Carabinieri TPC) have recovered thousands of objects and built legal cases resulting in high profile repatriations of cultural property. Their actions have effectively changed an art market that previously depended upon theft and criminal behaviour. Italy is a nation that greatly values its ancient past alongside its artistic present, and it is this appreciation that has led to the creation of the world's premier police force dedicated to law enforcement in the arts, heritage and archaeology. As the TPC's dedicated officers work to protect every aspect of Italy's rich cultural heritage, their organisation, training, approach, missions and successes offer valuable lessons for all who share the goal of protecting and recovering cultural property. Laurie Rush is a Board Member of the US Committee of the Blue Shield, and employed as an archaeologist by the US army; Luisa Benedettini Millington is a Faculty member of the Community College of Vermont, US.

Beg, Steal and Borrow - Artists Against Originality (Paperback): Robert Shore Beg, Steal and Borrow - Artists Against Originality (Paperback)
Robert Shore
R350 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R74 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

'Art is theft,' Picasso once proclaimed. The wily old Spaniard was being provocative - he often equated theft to what could more benignly be called influence. But increasingly much of the best and, even, most original art involves an act or two of unequivocal, overt theft - an act of simple copy and paste. This book looks at modern-day art theft from all angles: art-historical (tracing the lineage from Duchamp to Richard Prince), legal (looking at recent key copyright cases), cultural (drawing links to literary mash-ups and musical sampling), educational (Kenneth Goldsmith's famous 'Uncreativity' classes) and, of course, in terms of current art practice. It will look at the practices of major artists working across a variety of media.

Saving Mona Lisa - The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures from the Nazis (Hardcover): Gerri Chanel Saving Mona Lisa - The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures from the Nazis (Hardcover)
Gerri Chanel 1
R480 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R95 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In August 1939, curators at the Louvre nestled the world's most famous painting into a special red velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley as part of the biggest museum evacuation in history. As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces still further south, then again and again during the war, crisscrossing the southwest of France. Throughout the German occupation, the museum staff fought to keep the priceless treasures out of the hands of Hitler and his henchmen, often risking their lives to protect the country's artistic heritage. Saving Mona Lisa is the sweeping, suspenseful narrative of their struggle.

The Orpheus Clock - the search for my family's art treasures stolen by the Nazis (Paperback): Simon Goodman The Orpheus Clock - the search for my family's art treasures stolen by the Nazis (Paperback)
Simon Goodman
R412 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R136 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The passionate, gripping true story of one man's single-minded quest to reclaim what the Nazis stole from his family - their beloved art collection - and to restore their legacy. Simon Goodman's grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties, and perished in concentration camps. That's almost all he knew about them - his father rarely spoke of their family history or heritage. But when he passed away, and Simon received his father's old papers, a story began to emerge. The Gutmanns rose from a small Bohemian hamlet to become one of Germany's most powerful banking families. They also amassed a magnificent, world-class art collection that included works by Degas, Renoir, Botticelli, Guardi, and many, many others. But the Nazi regime snatched from them everything they had worked to build: their remarkable art, their immense wealth, their prominent social standing, and their very lives. Simon grew up in London with little knowledge of his father's efforts to recover their family's prized possessions. It was only after his father's death that Simon began to piece together the clues about the Gutmanns' stolen legacy and the Nazi looting machine. Through painstaking detective work across two continents, Simon has been able to prove that many works belonged to his family, and to successfully secure their return. Goodman's dramatic story, told with great heart, reveals a rich family history almost obliterated by the Nazis. It is not only the account of a twenty-year long detective hunt for family treasure, but an unforgettable tale of redemption and restoration.

The Munich Art Hoard - Hitler's Dealer and His Secret Legacy (Paperback): Catherine Hickley The Munich Art Hoard - Hitler's Dealer and His Secret Legacy (Paperback)
Catherine Hickley 1
R346 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R104 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In February 2012, in a Munich flat belonging to an elderly recluse, German customs authorities seized an astonishing hoard of more than 1,400 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. When Cornelius Gurlitt's trove became public in November 2013, it caused a worldwide media sensation. Catherine Hickley has delved into archives and conducted dozens of interviews to uncover the story behind the headlines. Her book illuminates a dark period of German history, untangling a web of deceit and silence that has prevented the heirs of Jewish collectors from recovering art stolen from their families more than seven decades ago by the Nazis. Hickley recounts the shady history of the Gurlitt hoard and brings its story right up to date, as 21st-century politicians and lawyers puzzle over the inadequacies of a legal framework that to this day falls short in securing justice for the heirs of those robbed by the Nazis.

Plundering Beauty - A History of Art Crime during War (Hardcover): Arthur Tompkins Plundering Beauty - A History of Art Crime during War (Hardcover)
Arthur Tompkins
R581 R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Save R58 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The roll-call of wars down the centuries is paralleled by an equally extensive narrative of the theft, destruction, plundering, displacement and concealing of some of the greatest works of art during those conflicts - a story that is expertly told in this original publication. From the many wars of Classical Antiquity, through the military turning points and detours of the Fourth Crusade, the Thirty Years' War, Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, the First and Second World Wars, and then onwards to the ongoing contemporary conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the history of art crime in times of war contains myriad fascinating and often little-known stories of the fate of humankind's greatest works of art. Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime during War charts the crucial milestones of art crimes spanning two thousand years. The works of art involved have fascinating stories to tell, as civilisation moves from a simple and brutal 'winner takes it all' attitude to the spoils of war, to contemporary understanding, and commitment to, the idea that our artistic heritage truly belongs to all humankind.

Looters, Smugglers and Collectors - Provenance Research and the Market (Paperback): Tone Hansen, Ana Maria Bresciani Looters, Smugglers and Collectors - Provenance Research and the Market (Paperback)
Tone Hansen, Ana Maria Bresciani
R500 R473 Discovery Miles 4 730 Save R27 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
A Forger's Tale - Confessions of the Bolton Forger (Paperback, Main): Shaun Greenhalgh A Forger's Tale - Confessions of the Bolton Forger (Paperback, Main)
Shaun Greenhalgh; Contributions by Waldemar Januszczak 1
R241 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R56 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Observer's Best Art Book of the Year, 2018 In 2007, Bolton Crown Court sentenced Shaun Greenhalgh to four years and eight months in prison for the crime of producing artistic forgeries. Working out of a shed in his parents' garden, Greenhalgh had successfully fooled some of the world's greatest museums. During the court case, the breadth of his forgeries shocked the art world and tantalised the media. What no one realised was how much more of the story there was to tell. Written in prison, A Forger's Tale details Shaun's notorious career and the extraordinary circumstances that led to it. From Leonardo drawings to L.S. Lowry paintings, from busts of American presidents to Anglo-Saxon brooches, from cutting-edge Modernism to the ancient art of the Stone Age, Greenhalgh could - and did - copy it all. Told with great wit and charm, this is the definitive account of Britain's most successful and infamous forger, a man whose love for art saturates every page of this extraordinary memoir.

The Central Collecting Point in Munich: A New Beginning for the Restitution and Protection of Art (Hardcover): Iris Lauterbach The Central Collecting Point in Munich: A New Beginning for the Restitution and Protection of Art (Hardcover)
Iris Lauterbach; Translated by Fiona Elliott; Introduction by James J. Sheehan
R1,460 R1,069 Discovery Miles 10 690 Save R391 (27%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

At the end of World War II, the US Office of Military Government for Germany and Bavaria, through its Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives division, was responsible for the repatriation of most of the tens of thousands of artworks looted by the Nazis in the countries they had occupied. With the help of the US Army's Monuments Men-the name given to a hand-picked group of art historians and museum professionals commissioned for this important duty-massive numbers of objects were retrieved from their wartime hiding places and inventoried for repatriation. Iris Lauterbach's fascinating history documents the story of the Allies' Central Collecting Point (CCP), set up in the former Nazi Party headquarters at Koenigsplatz in Munich, where the confiscated works were transported to be identified and sorted for restitution. This book presents her archival research on the events, people, new facts, and intrigue, with meticulous attention to the official systems, frameworks, and logistical and bureaucratic enterprise of the Munich CCP in the years from 1945 to 1949. She uncovers the stories of the people who worked there at a time of lingering political suspicions; narrates the research, conservation, and restitution process; and investigates how the works of art were managed and returned to their owners.

The Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Property - Saving the World's Heritage (Hardcover): Laurie Rush,... The Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Property - Saving the World's Heritage (Hardcover)
Laurie Rush, Luisa Benedettini Mil
R1,355 R1,224 Discovery Miles 12 240 Save R131 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Renowned for their rigorous investigative approach, the dedicated officers of the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Property (Carabinieri TPC) have recovered thousands of objects and built legal cases resulting in high profile repatriations of cultural property. Their actions have effectively changed an art market that previously depended upon theft and criminal behaviour. Italy is a nation that greatly values its ancient past alongside its artistic present, and it is this appreciation that has led to the creation of the world's premier police force dedicated to law enforcement in the arts, heritage and archaeology. As the TPC's dedicated officers work to protect every aspect of Italy's rich cultural heritage, their organisation, training, approach, missions and successes offer valuable lessons for all who share the goal of protecting and recovering cultural property. Laurie Rush is a Board Member of the US Committee of the Blue Shield, and employed as an archaeologist by the US army; Luisa Benedettini Millington is a Faculty member of the Community College of Vermont, US.

Scientist And The Forger, The: Insights Into The Scientific Detection Of Forgery In Paintings (Paperback): Jehane Ragai Scientist And The Forger, The: Insights Into The Scientific Detection Of Forgery In Paintings (Paperback)
Jehane Ragai
R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'The scientific techniques described encompass relevant examples of forgery detection and of authentication. The book deals, to name a few, with the Chagall, the Jackson Pollock and the Beltracchi affairs and discusses the Isleworth Mona Lisa as well as La Bella Principessa both thought to be a Leonardo creation. The authentication, amongst others, of two van Gogh paintings, of Vermeer's St Praxedis, of Leonardo's Lady with an Ermine and of Rembrandt's Old Man with a Beard are also described.'Over the last few decades there has been a disconcerting increase in the number of forged paintings. In retaliation, there has been a rise in the use, efficiency and ability of scientific techniques to detect these forgeries. The scientist has waged war on the forger.The Scientist and the Forger describes the cutting-edge and traditional weapons in this battle, showing how they have been applied to the most notorious cases. The book also provides fresh insights into the psychology of both the viewer and the forger, shedding light on why the discovery that a work of art is a forgery makes us view it so differently and providing a gripping analysis of the myriad motivations behind the most egregious incursions into deception.The book concludes by discussing the pressing problems faced by the art world today, stressing the importance of using appropriate tools for a valid verdict on authenticity. Written in an approachable and amenable style, the book will make fascinating reading for non-specialists, art historians, curators and scientists alike.

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